Mothering Forum banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,386 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hi there, I searched and scanned through the threads for a while but can't find anything re: the first time washing unbleached prefolds.<br><br>
The instructions that came with my prefolds says to wash them 4-6 times in hot water/cold rinse before using for the first time--OK. <i>So, I've got them in on a hot wash right now.</i> Am I supposed to dry them in the dryer between each wash, or just reset the machine back to start and wash all over again? Should I use soap each time (I'm using 2 tbsp. Nature Clean)? Should I do 4 washes, 5, or 6? ETA: When I do dry, I have two choices, "Whites: High Heat" or "Delicates: Low Heat" which should I use?<br><br>
Thanks in advance!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
888 Posts
It is my understanding that you need to dry between every single wash. It's a royal pain! Also, I'd go ahead and dry on the hottest setting. Prefolds are pretty tough and also pretty thick. If you dried on a low setting, the prefolds would take a loooooooooooong time to dry.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
316 Posts
I just went through this and found out after I had put them through 4 continuous wash cycles that you are supposed to dry them inbetween each wash. I would wash them 3 or 4 times on hot with detergent then 1 or 2 times on hot without detergent. And I would definatly dry them on hot. That way they'll shrink down to their final size and soften up. Just no fabric softener or dryer sheets.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,386 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Thanks you two, in the dryer in hot right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I guess the last 2 washes without soap will make sure there's no residue. Good idea. Thanks!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,315 Posts
i was just coming to post this same question, so thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
another one- will line drying work too? we havent got a dryer yet, and while i dont need to wash the diapers now, i want to play with them when i get them, lol
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
915 Posts
Hmmm...not sure about line drying while trying to break them in....I think the dryer would work better for that initial break in period but I don't know....I've never heard anyone else say they line dried prefolds in between break-in washes....hopefully someone else can answer that!<br><br>
Just a tip for those of you who find all these multiple washes a big pain in the rear.....you can also boil them in a large pot....it's a bit time consuming as you can only do a couple at a time but it's worth it to me to not have to wash and dry so many times to break them in AND I've found that boiling breaks them in faster and better than 5-6 washes/dries.....I boil mine for about 5-10 minutes and I add a tiny drop of Dawn detergent to the water to help with the oils.....I also change my boil water and get fresh water after doing about 6-8 prefolds too (not sure if that's necessary but I do it)....then once they are all boiled, I wring them out in the sink and throw them in my washer on hot with a tiny bit of detergent....do an extra cold rinse and dry them.....they come out VERY broken in and soft after that. You could probably even wash them with your regular dipes right away too after that initial wash....but I usually put my UB prefolds in a seperate pail and wash them seperately from my other dipes for the first 5 washes just so I am certain all the oils are gone. Boiling is also convenient for when you just have a few prefolds that you bought and are trying out (since I hate to wash such a small load of only a few prefolds that many times)....but it gets a bit time consuming when you have 2 dozen or more....It took me a couple hours to boil 2 dozen dipes the other day but then they were ready to use right away and I could do other laundry while I was boiling them too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,315 Posts
also, i got some bleached and some unbleached, can they be prewashed together or do i have to do them seperatly?
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top